Disney World and Disneyland Will Remain Closed “Until Further Notice”

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3/27/20:  BREAKING NEWS!  Disney World will remain closed “until further notice” now.

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March 27, 2020: Disney World and Disneyland will remain closed “until further notice” now.

Disney World Resort will remain closed “until further notice,” but cast members will continue to be paid through April 18th.

Disney Springs and Disney Stores North America will also remain closed.

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Disney announced that Disney Springs and all Disney Stores in North America are closing indefinitely March 17, 2020.

 

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3/27/20: Disney Cruise Line Update – Disney Cruise Line has suspended all sailings through April 12, 2020 now.

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Disney Cruise Line has suspended all sailings through April 12th.

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March 27, 2020 –  Disneyland Update:  Disneyland is staying closed indefinitely now!

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Disneyland is staying closed indefinitely now!

The Disneyland closure was originally expected to last until the end of the month, but Disney Parks has just announced that Disneyland Resort will remain closed.

The Disneyland Resort will remain closed “until further notice,” but cast members will continue to be paid through April 18th.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Easter 2020 Events at the Magic Kingdom

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BREAKING NEWS:  Disney World will stay closed until at least April 18th now!

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March 27, 2020: Disney World will stay closed until at least April 18th now.

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Look who’ll be wearing their Easter costumes! ❤

Easter Sunday is on April 12th this year.

There’s a lot going on at the Magic Kingdom during the month between Spring Break and Easter Week.

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March 12, 2020 announcement:  Disney World will be close March 16 – 31, 2020!

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March 16, 2020 Update: Disney announced that all Disney Stores in North America are closing March 17, 2020.

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Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be greeting guests at the Magic Kingdom.

Easter Bunny Meet and Greet at the Magic Kingdom

From April 1 –  April 12th (Easter Sunday), you can meet and have your photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Magic Kingdom’s Town Square.

Note that the character line closes in the mid-afternoon because they are in the Easter Parade.  Use the My Disney Experience app to check their appearance times.

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Bunny Lane Garden, Opens in April

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Their garden is surrounded by pretty flowers!

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Some Easter Sunday Photos:  Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom, April 2019

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The parade weather was gorgeous! Sunny and 73 degrees!

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The Easter Parade with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny.

Easter Parade Down Main Street USA

April 1 – April 12th (Easter Sunday), the special Easter Parade will lead off the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3pm.

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be at the front of the parade, being driven down the parade route in an old timey car.

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The Easter Parade

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The Azalea Trail Maids are lead by Daisy.

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Mr. Easter Bunny looking very cheerful.

Following them are Daisy and the Azalea Trail Maids.

The Azalea Trail Maids are 50 seniors in high school from Mobile, Alabama.

Daisy received her own Azalea Trail Maid costume in a lovely shade of deep lilac in 2014.

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Daisy in her lilac costume.

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The Azalea Trail Maids in light purple.

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Special Easter characters in the parade.

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March 20, 2019: First Day of Spring. Daisy in her Azalea Trail Maid costume greeting guests.

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Minnie in her Azalea Trail Maid costume.

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Special Easter cupcakes will be available from the Main Street bakery. $5

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Minnie’s Bunny Cupcake.  I love Disney’s buttercream frosting!!!  ❤

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Super cute chocolate (of course) Bunny Cupcake!

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Mickey and Minnie in their Spring outfits over at the Boardwalk.

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Meeting Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny at DAK.

And they sometimes make appearances over at the other Parks too, but usually just on Easter Sunday!

We got to see them a few years ago at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Meeting Mr. Easter Bunny.

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Mrs. Easter Bunny.

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Thumper & Ms. Bunny were out at DAK too!

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April 1, 2019: Look who was at DAK this morning!  She’s a rare character!

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Hi Minnie!  🙂

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Easter Now and Then:  26 Years Apart

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Elly’s Easter Party in Louisville, Colorado. April 2019

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#Throwback Thursday: Meeting the Easter Bunny. April 1993

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Easter Crowd Forecast

Disney World Resorts All Closing March 20th

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BREAKING NEWS!  Disney World will stayed closed until at least April 18, 2020 now!

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March 27, 2020: Disney World will stay closed until at least April 18th now.

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All Disney World resorts will close March 20th at 5pm.

Disney has decided to temporarily close all Disney-owned resorts at Walt Disney World and Disney-owned storefronts at Disney Springs at Disney World and Downtown Disney at Disneyland.

When Walt Disney World and Disneyland first announced that their theme parks would be temporarily closing last weekend (March 15th), they were projected to reopen on April 1st. However, the most recent recommendation from the CDC states that group gatherings of 10 or more should be limited for the next 8 weeks.

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March 15th operational notice to all DVC members. They are now closing everything March 20th.

At this time, it is unclear if the CDC’s suggestion against crowds will have an impact on Disney’s decision to reopen the theme parks sooner than June 30th.

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March 16, 2020 Update.  All Disney stores and Disney Springs is closing March 17th.

Disney has also announced that all Disney Stores in North America will be temporarily closing on March 17th due to an abundance of caution as coronavirus continues to spread worldwide.

Per the most recent update from Disney:

In line with state and federal guidance, in an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and cast members, we are proceeding with the closure of all Disney stores in North America, beginning March 17, 2020.  Guests can continue to visit shopDisney.com.

In the announcement of the temporary closure of North American Disney stores, Disney stated that they will continue to monitor the current situation and maintain regular contact with the appropriate officials and health experts during this time. However, Disney did not forecast how long this temporary closure will last or when the Disney Stores of North America will reopen.

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March 12, 2020 announcement regarding Disney Parks closing.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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All Disney Stores in US are Closed

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March 16, 2020 Update: Disney announced that all Disney Stores in North America are closing March 17, 2020.

Disney announced that all Disney Stores in North America will be temporarily closing March 17, 2020 due to an abundance of caution as coronavirus continues to spread worldwide.

Per the most recent update from Disney:

In line with state and federal guidance, in an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and cast members, we are proceeding with the closure of all Disney stores in North America, beginning March 17, 2020.  Guests can continue to visit shopDisney.com.

In the announcement of the temporary closure of North American Disney stores, Disney stated that they will continue to monitor the current situation and maintain regular contact with the appropriate officials and health experts during this time.

Disney did not forecast how long this temporary closure will last or when the Disney Stores of North America will reopen.

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March 12, 2020 announcement regarding Disney Parks closing.

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See ya again real soon!

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Disney Springs Shopping Complex is Closing Today

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Disney Springs is closing all shopping and dining establishments March 16th. All resorts will close March 20th.

Disney has decided to temporarily close all Disney-owned resorts at Walt Disney World and Disney-owned storefronts at Disney Springs at Disney World and Downtown Disney at Disneyland.

When Walt Disney World and Disneyland first announced that their theme parks would be temporarily closing last weekend (March 15th), they were projected to reopen on April 1st. However, the most recent recommendation from the CDC states that group gatherings of 50 or more should be limited for the next 8 weeks.

At this time, it is unclear if the CDC’s suggestion against crowds will have an impact on Disney’s decision to reopen the theme parks sooner than June 1st.

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March 16, 2020 Update

Disney has also announced that all Disney Stores in North America will be temporarily closing due to an abundance of caution as coronavirus continues to spread worldwide.

Per the most recent update from Disney:

In line with state and federal guidance, in an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and cast members, we are proceeding with the closure of all Disney stores in North America, beginning March 17, 2020.  Guests can continue to visit shopDisney.com.

In the announcement of the temporary closure of North American Disney stores, Disney stated that they will continue to monitor the current situation and maintain regular contact with the appropriate officials and health experts during this time. However, Disney did not forecast how long this temporary closure will last or when the Disney Stores of North America will reopen.

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March 12, 2020 announcement regarding Disney Parks closing.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Raglan Road’s Mighty Irish Festival 2020 at Disney Springs!

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March 16, 2020 Update: Disney announced that Disney Springs is closing March 17, 2020.  It will not be open for St. Patrick’s Day 2020.

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BREAKING NEWS: DISNEY WORLD IS CLOSING DUE TO COVID-19!

March 12, 2020:  Thursday evening, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida released the following statement saying:

“In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15th, through the end of the month,” a Disney spokesperson said.

The Walt Disney Company will pay its cast members during that closure period. The hotel at Walt Disney World resort will remain open until further notice.

The retail and dining establishments at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World will remain open for now.

Domestic Walt Disney Company employees who are able to work from home are being asked to do so, including those at The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Direct-to-Consumer, and Parks, Experiences and Products. We will continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts.”

Disney World resort employs more than 75,000 people, making it the largest single-site employer in the United States.

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March 12, 2020 announcement:  Disney World is closing March 15, 2020.

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March 2020: Raglan Road at Disney Springs

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2020 at Disney Springs

The mightiest of mighty Irish festivals, Raglan Road’s Mighty Festival, kicks off on Friday, March 13, 2020 and runs thru Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Experience a rollicking party in March during a uniquely Disney and authentically Irish tribute to St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy festive encounters of all kinds with entertainment and merchandise inspired by the Emerald Isle.

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Raglan Road at Disney Springs

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They’re after me Lucky Charms!

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the biggest leprechaun of all!

Irish Sights, Shopping and More: Just follow the shamrocks as they take you on an Irish history lesson—from the Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle to the Rock of Cashel. It’s a perfect opportunity to pick up fun facts about several famous landmarks!

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Catch talented singer-songwriters and energetic bands belting out Irish tunes, popular ballads and pub classics on multiple stages.

Schedule

  • Main Stage: 4:30 PM to 1:00 AM
  • Patio Stage: 8:00 PM to 12:30 AM
  • The Rhythms of Raglan Dance Show (Main Stage):4:30 PM to 10:00 PM, Monday through Sunday—and noon to 3:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday during The Rollicking Raglan Brunch
  • Live Music and Dance Shows: 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Live Bands: 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM

The Rollicking Raglan Brunch

Join us for this high-spirited weekend event—Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Anticipate a menu packed with lip-smacking Irish entrées, sides and specialty morning cocktails. Plus, the all-new Rhythms of Raglan Dance Show hits the Main Stage from noon to 3:00 PM.

Live music throughout the weekend sets the high-energy scene

  • And, of course, The Raglan Road Dancers

You can find the full performance schedule by visiting the Raglan Road website.

As always, the Festival is a family-friendly event, and your young one might even enjoy a dance lesson onstage!

Raglan Road’s brunch, lunch, dinner, and bar menus will all be available to diners — including some new dishes like Guinness-infused Bangin’ Bangers and Mighty Mash as well as In Cod’s Way.

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March 17, 2019: Minnie showed up at Old Key West in her new outfit! Looking so pretty in green!

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Perfect Mickey Ears for celebrating being Irish. 🙂

Be sure to stop by Raglan Road’s Shop which will have a wide selection of St. Patrick’s Day merchandise available, including Raglan Road t-shirts and souvenirs, Celtic jewelry and much more.

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Irish Mickey and Minnie celebrating at Disney World.

Mickey and Minnie get to wear their Irish costumes only 1 day a year….

Music and Merriment: Kick up your heels for family-friendly festivities filled with singing, dancing and more! Whether you’re looking for high-energy sets showcasing authentic live music or a step-by-step workshop teaching you how to dance like the Irish, you’ll find it all during the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Disney Springs’ Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.

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Try the lamb and potatoes!

Irish Food & Beverage: Savor traditional Irish fare and refreshment, from the flavors of the countryside to classic pub favorites. You’re invited to sink your teeth into some corned beef specials and quench your thirst with specialty drinks at a variety of locations.

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Try the fish and chips!

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Make your St. Patrick’s Day reservations now!  To make reservations for March 16th or 18th, call (407) 938-0300.

St. Patrick’s Day Chili Cook-off & Irish Festival

Irish Mickey & Minnie celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Disneyland Paris last year.  Unfortunately, Disneyland Paris is closing for the rest of the month.

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Mickey cupcakes for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

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March 16, 2020 Update: Disney announced that all Disney Stores in North America are closing March 17, 2020.

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Disney gift card

Check out this new Disney gift card that Elly got!

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We traded for this green Mickey pin with its Hidden Mickey!

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New green Starbucks mug.

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I traded for this Irish Mickey at Disney Springs! He’s a cutie!

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HOW TO BE IRISH FOR A DAY

The team at Raglan Road Irish Pub takes the holiday seriously and recently shared their top tips on how to “Celebrate like the Irish”:

  • Please don’t call the holiday “St. Patty’s.” It’s either “St. Patrick’s Day” or “St. Paddy’s.”
  • A shamrock has three leaves…not four – that would be a clover.
  • Americans invented the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737 in Boston.
  • Most Irish pubs do a full month’s business on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Guinness sells 13 million pints on St. Patrick’s Day versus the usual 5 million daily.
  • Green beer is an American invention. Raglan Road does not serve green beer, that would be sacrilege!

Though green beer isn’t on the menu, a full line-up of entertainment is on tap, along with a mighty selection of beers, spirits and craft cocktails served alongside exceptional Irish fare.

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Try a flight of Irish beers during the celebration.

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March 17, 2020

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Everyone is Irish on March 17th!

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Cheers!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Don’t forget to wear a bit of the green on March 17th!

Disneyland To Close Saturday Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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March 12, 2020 announcement

March 12, 2020:  Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is shutting down beginning Saturday (03/14/2020) and continuing throughout the month of March as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic persists, Disney Parks announced Thursday afternoon.

The decision was made “in the best interest of our guests and employees,” the company said in a statement after California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued an executive order in response to the public health crisis. Newsom removed the waiting period for unemployment and disability benefits for state residents who lose work as a result of the outbreak, and he gave the state the power to commandeer hotels and other facilities for patient treatment.

The closure of the company’s flagship theme park follows similar declarations from other tourist attractions and commercial offices across the nation, as well as the cancellation of major events, including music festivals and sports events.

“Disneyland Resort will work with guests who wish to change or cancel their visits, and will provide refunds to those who have hotel bookings during this closure period,” the company said in the statement, which also asked for customers’ “patience” due to the number of calls expected.

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Disneyland is closing March 14, 2020 and will remain closed all month.

While the park will close Saturday, the hotels at Disneyland will remain open through Monday March 16th to allow guests extra time to change their travel plans.

Disney noted that there have been no reported cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, at the park.

With nearly 30,000 employees, Disneyland is the largest employer in Orange County and generates more than $5 billion for the southern California economy, according to Disney. Over 157 million people reportedly visited a Disney theme park in 2018.

More than 130,000 people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that originated in China. Over 4,900 people have been killed globally.

Across 42 states and Washington, D.C., in the U.S., more than 1,400 people have been infected by the virus and at least 36 people have died.

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dlr2We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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